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Nigeria, 12 others rated yellow fever-prone

By Funmi Komolafe

LAGOS—The World Health Organisation ( WHO), has listed Nigeria and 12 other African countries as having the highest risk of yellow fever.

Consequently, WH is to commence a yellow fever vaccination campaign targetted at about 12 million people in Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Nigeria, which is listed as the 11th of the 13 countries, is not part of the vaccination programme but it may benefit from the programme before 2015.

The 13 highest-risk countries in Africa identified are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

WHO medical officer for Yellow Fever Control at the WHO African Regional Office, Dr. Fenella Avokey, warned that about “ 160 million people could still be at risk in Africa if further funding is not secured for the emergency stockpile and preventive vaccination in remaining high-risk countries.”


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